Message In Reembrace Of 60th Year Of The U.S. Atomic Bombings Of Hiroshima And Nagasaki

8 August 2005

Dear citizens of Japan, venerable Hibakusha, victims of nuclear weapons testing and production, and all who are united in the commitment to peace and the total elimination of nuclear weapons:

            The members of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) around the world in nearly 40 countries and on every continent send you our greetings of solidarity on the occasion of the solemn remembrance of the first, and only, war time use of nuclear weapons.  We share with you the urgency of our goal to abolish nuclear weapons from earth and space and to eradicate their threat forever. 

            In remembrance of the nuclear horror witnessed 60 years ago, and to remind people of that shameful calamity and the years of suffering in the aftermath, WILPF members throughout the world join with others in their communities in public remembrance through silent vigils, demonstrations, shadow drawings, music and art, media programs, seminars, letters to the editors and many other ways of calling everyone in the world to join together so that there will never be another Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

Since the founding of the Women’s International League in 1915 at The Hague, 90 years ago, during the first World War, we have worked for non-violent means of ending conflict.  In the aftermath of World War II and in the founding of the United Nations our organization has year after year engaged in relentless work for total and universal nuclear disarmament,  and for the creation of a just and sustainable peace with respect for the rights of all living things.

            Our fragile ecological systems are in danger of collapsing.  The planet can no longer endure the devastation and waste of war, preparing for war, and the violence of policies based on national security rather than on human and ecological security.

            Women’s International League is represented at this 60th Year Remembrance and at the 2005 World Conference Against A and H Bombs by our Secretary General from Geneva, Ms. Susi Snyder.

            Ms. Jean Verthein, teacher and WILPF Representative to the UN in New York, and Ms. Chris Henderson, peace activist from Australia, will also convey in person our official greetings of international solidarity.  Among other WILPF members present are Julia Johnstone and Annie Boanas, young women from Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and members of our Japanese WILPF Section representing members of branches in Tokyo, Sendai, Chiba, Kanagawa, Kawagoe, Hiroshima, Ohita, Kyoto and Saitawa.

In peace, on behalf of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,
Regina Birchem
International President

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